Dull places work’s taken you.

Facebook has allowed me to see that most of my creative peers get to go on exciting foreign trips through their work. I on the other hand get invited nowhere. To show solidarity with me, where’s the least exciting place work has taken you?


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Put your money where my mouth is

I read recently that Naughty Boy ploughed the £44 000 he won on Deal Or No Deal into becoming the successful music producer he is today. I like stories like this where people back themselves and come out on top.

It’s made me ponder, what’s the least amount of money I would need to make a success of my creative career.

I reckon I would have to take a couple of years off work but fortunately for me, in this scenario anyway, I am on a low wage, so it wouldn’t take a ridiculous amount to cover the two years. I’d also need to budget for travel and any equipment required. All in all, I’m thinking about £40 000.

My biggest concern however is that I’d get 18 months in and I’d be no closer to being a success, I’m basing this on the last 20 years. Should there be a rich benefactor/benefactors reading this, don’t be put off by this as I am willing to put this to the test. You can contact me via the comments button or @anunknowncomic. We can swap bank details offline.

I’d be interested to know what’s the least amount of money you would need to fulfill your dreams?

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My Black History Month 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

There was a time in the past, that I attempted to make a living from being creative (I got nowhere near). Back then Black History Month (Oct) was always a good earner, it also allowed me to reflect on the contributions black people have made to society but mainly it was a good earner.

These days I don’t make any money from creativity (not necessarily my choice) but this didn’t stop me contributing to this year’s Black History Month.

I created 6 posters, 3 writers and 3 musicians, to be displayed around the school I work in. These were basic posters, incorporating a picture and a few facts I’d found during my research (wikipedia). I decided to focus on Black British artists. I could for example have picked Michael Jackson but I thought a few people may already have written about his life and career. Instead my subjects were Jackie Kay, Zadie Smith, Benjamin Zephaniah, Laura Mvula, Jamal Edwards and Dizzee Rascal.

I’ve had some positive feedback from the pupils and my friend and colleague said “As long as they’re down by November”.

Please Note. They’re still up (and my friend was just joking)

Til next time, stay safe!




The cost of creativity

Hola. Hope you are well.

A couple of weeks ago I submitted my self-assessment form for the tax  period 2012-13. In this period I did one creative job and after expenditure came out with a £31 profit.

On that £31 profit, guess how much I owed HMRC?? …. £60:80.

Which essentially means me being creative has cost me £30. So when people say you can’t put a price on creativity, tell them you can and in 2013-13 it was £30.

Ps. Before anyone sets up a JustGiving page for me, I wasn’t living solely off the £31.

Til next time, stay safe!